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Author: Judd Winick
Penciler: Ian Churchill
Inkers: Norm Rapmund, Andy Lanning, & Jon Sibal
Colors: Edgar Delgado
When I read the interview with Judd Winick about the cast of Teen Titans East it was supposed to take be original New Teen Titans team. The one shot is supposed to lead into the ongoing series. As soon as I saw the cover of the one shot, I thought to myself these tools are dead. The only one I remotely reading about was Lagoon Boy, but anyone else on that cover is expendable to me and Judd Winick I guess.
There is an unnecessary flashback that last 16 pages and serves as nothing more than more nostalgia for the fans of the Wolfman and Perez days. I think we get the point that the Titans really loved each other like a family. You could have done that with one page, hell one panel should suffice how much love you have for one another. Which leads us to the present where Cyborg is calling on the original Titans for help because he is starting a new team and he needs their experience to lead this team. I have no idea how he was able to find Donna and Starfire, hell I thought one was going through the multiverses and the other at the end of the galaxy. Everyone rejects his offer, but he does have a little odd moment with Nightwing. Titans Together, man that’s love.
I guess if you are going to kill off some characters just to bring in the original characters to give you that sense of revenge, you might as well pick some lame asses. Cyborg’s new team consists of Power Boy, Hawk, Dove, Anima, Little Barda, Lagoon Boy, and Son of Vulcan. If Cyborg knows about the run in Power Boy had with Supergirl then he also knows about the stalking and the attempted rape. Forgive and forget right Cyborg? You dick! It ends with the biggest cliché of bringing a team together; with the death of the previous team. At this point we don’t know who or what killed all the TT East, but damn it was quick and pointless much like the way this whole book read.
If a death is going to matter to the Titans it, why couldn’t Cyborg have chosen a better cast like Arrowette, Flamebird, Zatara, or hell even Bumblebee? Ian Churchill’s art doesn’t help the grading of this book either, if anything he takes it down a notch. I have never been a fan of his over-muscular and stiff bodies. His portrayal of the original Titans makes them look like adults and not kids. There is just something wrong with his Robin, damn that hair on that boys legs. Shave son! Shave! Save your money and cross your fingers that the ongoing series will be better. D Horrible.